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7 Books That Empower Women

Amy Morin is the author of bestseller 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, and, most recently, 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do, published by Harper Collins and available now. 


 

My work as a therapist and as an author has focused on helping people build mental strength. And while building mental muscle is the same for both men and women, women face unique challenges. Consequently, we’re more likely to develop a set of counterproductive bad habits that weigh us down and hold us back.

 

I wrote 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do to help women let go of the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that threaten to hold us back so I’m including it on my list.

 

I’m frequently asked to suggest books that empower women personally and professionally so I wanted to create a list of the books that can help women reach their greatest potential. You’ll notice many of the books aren’t specifically written for women—but they do address the challenges that women are more likely to face. Here are the top 7 books that can empower women to become their best selves:

 

1. Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff, Ph.D.

 

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While you might be quick to shut down a friend who tried to verbally abuse you, there’s a good chance you might talk down to yourself. Whether you call yourself names or you beat yourself up when you make a mistake, the conversations you have with yourself matter.  Filled with exercises and action plans, Self-Compassion will teach how to develop a productive inner dialogue.

 

2. Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

 

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When asked to draw a picture of a leader, most people draw a male figure. Dare to Lead can change that by showing everyone what a great leader actually looks like. You’ll learn how to sharpen your leadership skills and you’ll discover how to develop the courage you need to step up and help others reach their greatest potential.

 

3. 5-Second Rule by Mel Robbins

 

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If you’ve wasted hours trying to talk yourself into doing something you didn’t want to do, you’re not alone. Studies show women are more likely to ruminate (or think too much). Fortunately, the 5-Second Rule will give you the kick you need to get up and take action—even when you don’t feel like it.

 

4. Becoming by Michelle Obama

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Michelle Obama’s memoir has taken the world by storm—for good reason. She’s a compelling storyteller who knows how to inspire others. Reading about how she overcame challenges in childhood and along the way to the white house will help you develop better strategies for reaching new heights in your own life.

 

5. Why Not Me? By Mindy Kaling

 

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A light and easy read, Why Not Me? offers insight into what it’s like to be comfortable in your own skin. Through a series of personal stories and essays, actress and comedian Mindy Kaling shares her struggles and triumphs in love, friendship, and the working world. This book will challenge you to learn how to laugh at yourself as well as how to develop confidence that can be seen a mile away.

 

6. This Is Me by Chrissy Metz

 

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Chrissy Metz, the fan favorite star of This is Us, radiates self-love. Her book (which is part memoir, part prescriptive) will show you how she beat the odds and overcame adversity. More than a feel good story, however, This Is Me will teach you practical skills that will help you learn to love yourself.

 

7. 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do by Amy Morin

 

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You could have all the good habits in the world, but it only takes one bad habit to hold you back. 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do identifies the most common habits that keep women stuck. Each chapter offers mental muscle building exercises and clear takeaways for giving up counterproductive bad habits, so you can work smarter, not harder, at becoming your very best.

 

 

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